Let's break them down and see what they're about. The turbo delivers more linear power, the suspension is a little more matured, the brakes are superb. Steering feel and response have been improved through more rigid 3-point mounting of the steering rack, compared to the previous 2-point system. We will continue to update our 0 to 60 results as new Mazda cars are released and as new 0 to 60 mph test data is made available for Mazda vehicles. We provide the most comprehensive collection of zero to 60 times, comparisons and class standings. Great kind customer service from everyone I talked to. The new gear spacing and refined engine calibration are focused on providing more linear, seamless power delivery.
Still, its 0—60 time of 6. The ergonomics aren't bad, quality is aboard, and there's plenty of room, but in three more years it will look even older. I had picked out a car on line and he had it ready for me. The advanced torque management system, which minimizes torque steer by adjusting torque output based on gear position and steering angle, has also been recalibrated. Brakes also felt firm, provided excellent response, and showed no signs of fade. But stints in traffic school took the violations off the books, and all was good again. Delivering 263 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb.
As you would expect, the Mazdaspeed 3 comes with stiffer suspension than the normal version, as well as a new torque management system to deal with the twist produced by the 2. While there is a 3-door model available, the 5-door is kind to any folks you might need to schlep around, and it doesn't detract from the sporting experience. The stiffer springs, harder dampers, and stickier performance rubber provide a surprising amount of grip for a front-wheel drive car. The dual exhaust tips are larger than on last year's hatch. The owner of the company came over to greet me.
Senior editor Jonny Lieberman admires the engine, noting,… What a difference a year makes. Designers flared the haunches to house the 18-inch wheels, sculpted the side skirts, and added an intercooler scoop up front and a rear spoiler out back for that added performance and street cred. Although it gained 68 lb 31 kg , it also features improved handling characteristics due to a lower chance of torque steer compared to its predecessor. Once you get past the Joker-like grin, everything falls into place. Meanwhile, the Mazda is also the heaviest of the group. Rigid high-speed steering feel can now be accomplished without suffering heavy steering at low speeds Brake feel in hard braking has been improved through the upgrade of the brake assist from mechanical to a new electronically-controlled system.
After dark times nearly ground the auto industry to a halt, production lines are back up to speed, sending bright, shiny -- and most importantly -- quality vehicles into showrooms. When two parents have kids, more often than not, their offspring will be quite different. Looks like we just came up with an excuse for another hot-hatch comparison. The nav controls on the steering wheel may well be a stroke of brilliance and though the screen is…. The gear ratios in the compact, three-shaft gearbox have also been revised, with 2nd through 5th gear all getting slightly taller to make better use of the engine's abundant torque. At the track, the new Speed3's performance was not all that different from what it was the last time we tested it that one was a 2009 model. From electric to electrifying, we break it all down in a concise, model-by-model review that begins on the next page.
The has been the car to beat in this category, and it has been improved again for 2010. The Ford engine feels stronger down low than the Mazda and relentlessly pulls right until it hits its rev limiter at 6800 rpm. The recall began April 7, 2017. Also on a positive side, there's room for tall drivers on the easily accessible rear bench seat. Nagare-inspired design defines the exterior and continues into the cabin, which features color coordination and materials chosen to excite the driver and passengers every time they take a seat. The data presented by Sportscar Standings are estimates only, are not guaranteed to be accurate, and are subject to change at any time. Units Affected 173859 Complaints of torque steer aside, the Mazdaspeed3 has proved a highly likeable part of the long-term fleet.
In a race from 0-60 mph between vs. There are definite differences in its appearance from that of its milder-mannered kin, though: the Speed has round foglights that flank the smile, there are well-defined fender flares in the front and rear, it has a larger spoiler than on the regular five-door, and there is a hood scoop, which is new for 2010. But if pure performance is all you're after, the 263-bhp Mazdaspeed3, with its 280 lb. Accelerating, though, we immediately recognized something that has been a signature of the Speed3 since it first went on sale: torque steer. I was also greeted by a nice lady offering me something to eat or to snack on. The Mazdaspeed3 is a blast in a straight line and nimble around bends, but still suffers from ample amounts of torque steer. Steering is communicative and feels nicely weighted.
The paperwork portion was much easier than I expected and they even detailed it more before delivering it to my house! Brake assist shortens stopping distance in panic-stop situations by applying full brake pressure during the moment of hesitation that most drivers exhibit in the instant after first hitting the brakes. The suspension is plenty firm and taut without being uncomfortable, and the car was confident and highly entertaining in turns. While its styling has proven controversial, we tend to like it. Whether you are behind the wheel of one of these cars or happen to spot one in the next lane over, think twice before you step on the gas pedal. The interior is still mostly black with red accents and stitching, and receives the new-for-2010 improvements seen in the regular 3, including the new nav system near the top of the dash at the base of the windshield.
Winner's Circle The top 10 fastest cars from are ranked from fastest to slowest based on their 0-60 times. The Mazdaspeed3 has matured, and while we're still not sold on the happy-face front fascia, the styling and tire-busting level of power affirms what the car was designed to do. Coming in at 3253 lb, it's only 11 lb. Find out where your car stands among the. Returning for 2010 is the 263-horsepower turbocharged four, backed by a six-speed manual transmission. By the time I returned from my test drive John had all my paper work transferred over.
Some may not like the small size of the screen, but for those who are used to the smaller-size screens on some aftermarket systems, this is about the same and shows just enough of the map to get you where you want to go. There are a great deal of factors that affect the Mazda cars 0-60 stats, so different sources may test the same vehicle and each may arrive at a unique 0-60 mph and quarter mile result. Pulling up at 7 in this class is the , which races 0-60 mph in 6. It does offer better day-to-day livability thanks to a better ride and reduced interior noise. The new gear ratios allow more of the engine's torque to be utilized in the lower gears while still keeping torque steer at a manageable level. Refinements and other improvements have absolutely made the car better than it was, but until Mazda does something to alleviate the torque steer, it seems the would still be king.